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crystal-revised-headshotCrystal Patriarche, CEO, SparkPoint Studio founder Crystal Patriarche has an extensive 14-year background building a simultaneous career in both public relations and publishing. She has built and executed PR campaigns for established brands such as Microsoft and Pulte Homes to hot startups including Nomad Brush and Auryn Inc., and has had a strong focus in creating female-targeted campaigns, brands, and content. She is known for her creativity, fresh perspective, passion, and results—all of which make referrals the top driver of SparkPoint Studio’s business. Crystal’s life-long love of reading and books, combined with her PR expertise, fueled the growth of an industry-leading division of SparkPoint Studio focused on building women author brands, experts, and book publicity, called BookSparks, where she thrives on reinventing traditional book PR and helping her clients beat the competition through savvy marketing, integrating digital with traditional platforms and storytelling.

Kamy-Wicoff-headshot-high-resKamy Wicoff, Founder, is the founder of She Writes.com. She is the author of the bestselling book I Do But I Don’t: Why The Way We Marry Matters, and co-founder of Salon of Women Writers, an international group with branches in New York, London, and San Francisco. She serves on the board of directors of Girls Write Now, and is a member of the Advisory Council at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, one of the nation’s most distinguished research organizations devoted to the study of gender, housed at her alma mater, Stanford University. She has appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets as an author and publishing industry expert. Kamy’s novel, Wishful Thinking, will be out on She Writes Press in April 2015.

brooke-warner-headshotBrooke Warner, Publisher, is the founder and president of Warner Coaching Inc., where she specializes in helping writers get published. In her fourteen years in the publishing industry, including eight years as Executive Editor at Seal Press, Brooke has shepherded hundreds of books through the publication process. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is a champion of all writers committed to making their dream of publishing a book a reality. Brooke mentors memoirists in her biannual course, Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) as an executive board member; the National Association of Memoir Writers, and She Writes. She is the author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author (She Writes Press, 2012) and How to Sell Your Memoir: 12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal (She Writes Press, 2013).

Lauren Wise’s passion for reading and writing began as a child, and brought her to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where she started her career in writing, editing, and publishing over 12 years ago. Lauren has worked as a book editor, publishing consultant, and magazine columnist/editor, including a stint at a fashion magazine that was the basis for the film The Devil Wears Prada, and an international travel publication company. Over the past decade, she has also established a following as a music journalist, and traveled throughout Europe, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Virgin Islands, and Cambodia, making her open to several cultures, ideas and editorial styles.

Her love for the art of writing and book publishing propelled her career as a book editor and publishing consultant, and she founded Midnight Publishing in 2009, an editorial company focused on helping authors publish positive, influential and inspirational novels, memoirs, and non-fiction content. It is through serendipity and a drive to deliver thought-provoking and inspirational literature to society that brought Lauren to SparkPoint Studios. She met with founder Crystal Patriarche to discuss collaborative opportunities between their two companies, and was enthralled with the concept and brand. Within a few months, she joined the team as Editorial Manager, helping to oversee a rapidly growing catalog of award-winning novels, memoirs, and non-fiction titles through She Writes Press and SparkPress.

Caitlyn Levin, Author Liaison and Project Editor, is a graduate from Barnard College with a degree in English Literature and a concentration in creative writing. She has special interest in Young Adult and eats Meg Cabot novels like they’re candy. She has been a contributor and editor for various literary magazines on the Columbia campus and abroad at Oxford, where she spent the entirety of her junior year. During her final year at Barnard, she organized events for the writing community and helped to run the Barnard writer’s blog.

team-julie-metzSometimes, you can judge a book by its cover! Julie Metz is a graphic designer with more than 25 years of experience, working primarily in the publishing field, and is thrilled to be working closely with SparkPoint Studio on the SparkPress and BookSparks divisions. She has created covers for a wide range of books including fiction/nonfiction, cookbooks and more, including her own New York Times bestselling memoir, Perfection.

Developmental Editors & Coaches

Zetta Brown holds a BA in English/Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University and is the author of several short stories. In 1998 she was the regional first-place winner for The National Society of Arts & Letters (NSAL) Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been published in literary journals produced by Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas, Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton, Texas, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 1999 and 2000, her stories were adapted for performance at the Craft of Writing conference in Denton, Texas. She has had the honor of obtaining a residency at The Writers’ Colony in Dairy Hollow in 2002 as well as attending the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s Writers Week in 1998. A native Texan, she now lives in Scotland with her husband, author and publisher, Jim Brown. Visit her editing blog, “Zetta’s Desk” at http://zettasdesk.com/who-is-zetta.

BrunoDarla Bruno studied fiction writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She’s a former college instructor and writing mentor who won several awards for her work in journalism, poetry, and essays. She’s read fiction for Ploughshares, where she was also an editorial assistant, actively participated in local writers’ groups, and published her poetry, fiction, and travel writing in a variety of literary magazines and online. She has also been trained as a life coach with Oprah columnist, Martha Beck. She is currently a writing coach and developmental editor specializing in travel, nutrition, parenting, spirituality, self-help and relationships, wellness, psychology, memoir, and literary fiction. Her web site is: www.darlabruno.com.

Cori Howard is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood, a popular anthology of stories about becoming a mother. She writes regularly on parenting and her stories – almost all memoirs – appear regularly in Today’s Parent magazine, The New York Time’s Motherlode, Literary Mama and many other online publications. She is also the founder of The Momoir Project, an online writing centre that focuses on teaching memoir writing and blog writing for moms. She has taught memoir writing on SheWrites and at several universities in Canada. She has ghostwritten two memoirs and often works one-on-one with other writers on their memoir manuscripts. For more information, please check out: www.themomoirproject.com.

Elizabeth Kracht’s career in publishing took root in Puerto Rico where she completed her BA in English and worked as a copyeditor for an English-language newspaper. When she returned to the mainland she found her “vein of gold” in book publishing. She thrives on working closely with authors and researching the potential market for new books. Elizabeth’s eclectic life experience drives her interests. She appreciates writing that has depth, an introspective voice or that offers wisdom for contemporary living. In fiction, she represents literary, commercial, women’s, thrillers, mysteries, and YA with crossover appeal. She is intrigued by untrustworthy narrators, tragic tales of class and circumstance, and identifies with flawed and quirky yet sterling characters. In nonfiction, she particularly loves voice- or adventure-driven memoir, and other nonfiction projects that contribute to the well-being of the self or others in addition to niche projects that fill holes in the market, offer a fresh approach, or make her laugh. She also has a soft spot for nonfiction heroic pet stories.

Krissa Lagos is a writer and editor with a background in marketing and an English degree from U.C. Berkeley. She spent the past few years working in the traditional publishing world; there, she spent time in both the editorial and marketing spheres, which allowed her the unique experience of participating fully in the two opposing sides of the industry—the creative side and the sales side. She brings her dual sensibility as both an editor and marketer to her work here at She Writes Press.

Summer Dawn Laurie set her sights on the world of children’s book publishing in 1997 and has never looked back. She started down this path at Chronicle Books for Children, working in both the marketing and editorial departments. In 2000 she crossed the bay to join Tricycle Press, the children’s imprint of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50 published books across varied genres—picturebooks, board books, novels, activity books, fiction and non-fiction for young people up to age 12. After seven years she took yet another fork in the road and is now an independent editor, working to strengthen each word her clients write and helping guide them through the often labyrinthine route to publication. Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc. where she has started the Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club. And just for fun, Summer produces the children’s and teen programming for the annual Litquake literary festival and is a prior member of the board of the NCCBA (Northern California Children’s Booksellers’ Association).

Annie_webAnnie Tucker is a writing coach, developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a diverse fifteen-year background in book and magazine publishing. She was formerly the managing editor of Juxtapoz art and culture magazine and editor of the women’s lifestyle website DivineCaroline.com, as well as an art and travel writer for San Francisco magazine, Sunset, and LA Weekly, before she shifted her focus to full-time book editing. Annie has worked on more than 200 titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres for She Writes Press, Seal Press, Counterpoint Press, Amazon Publishing, and other imprints. She is an avid, experienced reader who enjoys collaborating with authors at all skill levels to analyze their manuscripts and develop the most engaging, well-organized narratives possible. Annie has a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and a copyediting certificate from UC Berkeley. She is currently at work on her first novel. To learn more, visit her website: www.annietuckerpublishing.com.

sharpe_webKatherine Sharpe is a journalist, writer, and writing instructor who lives in Berkeley, California. Her first book, Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial, 2012), uses a blend of memoir and reporting to explore what it means to grow up in the time of antidepressant drugs. Her essays and journalism have been published in n+1, The Wall Street Journal, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She holds a MA in English literature from Cornell University and a BA in literature from Reed College. In New York, she worked as an editor at the science magazine Seed and the DIY lifestyle magazine ReadyMade. Katherine teaches nonfiction writing courses at U.C. Berkeley Extension. As an editor and coach, she specializes in developmental work. Her website is here.

Karen-ShermanKaren Sherman traded the comforts of big publishing for the joyful instability of traveling the world, eventually returning to New York and finding a balance as an independent editor and writer who always makes time for exploring. She is now in her third decade of freelancing. Karen’s comprehensive knowledge of writing rules means she knows when it’s best to bend them, and she enjoys helping authors fine-tune their language, sentence by sentence, to bring their voices and stories to readers. She specializes in shoring up the hidden structures that make fiction feel real—and in keeping characters honest. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, a Cambridge/RSA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from International House Prague, and a shelf full of foreign-language dictionaries that come in handy more often than she would ever have expected. Her copyediting clients include HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Disney-Hyperion, Hal Leonard’s Applause Books, and She Writes Press.

NanW_smNan Wiener has been a professional editor for 25 years, both in book and magazine publishing, and she started her career with a PhD in American Literature from the University of Virginia. She has a lot to offer many different types of writers. She’s great with memoirs, and she has a particular interest in narrative non-fiction and books of intellectual substance that are geared for a general reading audience. Her more recent projects include a book Bill Gates is writing about his philanthropic work in the areas of global health, agricultural production, climate change, and education; a book about modern surveillance by Stanford law professor Jennifer Stisa Grannick; and a book by Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax, about a Hawaiian choreographer, based in San Francisco, who’s wowing the dance world with his contemporary take on hula. Her website is nanwiener.com.